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COVID-19 is already changing the way we interact with and produce food. As we each look to control the spread and impact of COVID-19, there are many questions around the risks associated with food production and to our employees to ensure that a safe and robust food supply is maintained for the public. Below you can find useful links to expert resources to help address your specific questions. We will continue to provide updates to these resources as the situation changes and new information becomes available.

Visit our Food Industry FAQs page for more information for the food industry.

Visit our Food Facility COVID-19 Strategy Checklist page for a checklist for food processing companies.

Visit our NYS Laws & Regulations page for current information on regulatory requirements.

Visit our Consumer Resources & FAQs page for more information for the consumer.

Visit our Events & Webinars page for past recordings and upcoming events.


Food Industry Virtual Office Hours to Answer COVID-19 Questions

We will be hosting a series of Food Industry Virtual Office Hours where you can speak directly to Cornell University Food Safety Experts. Registration is not required. See below for dates/times and information to join the sessions.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 | 4:00 to 5:00 pm (EDT)

Faculty Participants:
Dr. Sam Alcaine, Assistant Professor
Dr. Olga Padilla-Zakour, Professor
Mr. Rob Ralyea, M.S., Senior Extension Associate
Dr. Aljosa Trmcic, Extension Associate
Dr. Martin Wiedmann, Gellert Family Professor in Food Safety
Dr. Randy Worobo, Professor

Invited SMEs:
Dr. Kalmia Kniel, Professor of Animal and Food Sciences, University of Delaware

Join the Zoom Meeting here.

Or dial by your location:
        877 369 0926 US Toll-free
        855 880 1246 US Toll-free
Meeting ID: 967 725 859
Find your local number here.

Join by Skype for Business here.

*Ask questions live or submit questions in advance to: foodsafety@cornell.edu

Thursday, April 9, 2020 | 4:00 to 5:00 pm (EDT)

Faculty Participants:
Dr. Sam Alcaine, Assistant Professor
Dr. Olga Padilla-Zakour, Professor
Mr. Rob Ralyea, M.S., Senior Extension Associate
Dr. Aljosa Trmcic, Extension Associate
Dr. Martin Wiedmann, Gellert Family Professor in Food Safety
Dr. Randy Worobo, Professor

Invited SMEs:
Dr. Kalmia Kniel, Professor of Animal and Food Sciences, University of Delaware

Join the Zoom Meeting here.

Or dial by your location:
        877 369 0926 US Toll-free
        855 880 1246 US Toll-free
Meeting ID: 334 547 564
Find your local number here.

Join by Skype for Business here.

*Ask questions live or submit questions in advance to: foodsafety@cornell.edu


Background Information on COVID-19

  • Visit this page to find information on aerosol and surface stability of COVID-19 published in The New England Journal of Medicine. Posted on March 18, 2020.
  • Visit this page from FDA to find general information and answers to frequently asked questions about COVID-19. Posted on March 17, 2020.
  • Visit this page from World Health Organization to find information about global COVID-19 outbreak. Posted on March 17, 2020.
  • Visit this page from CDC to find information on how to protect yourself against COVID-19. Posted on March 17, 2020.
  • Visit this page from CDC to find information on how to protect yourself against COVID-19 in Spanish. Posted on March 25, 2020.
  • Visit this page from Johns Hopkins to see visual representation of global COVID-19 cases. Posted on March 17, 2020.
  • Visit this page from New York State, Department of Health to find latest updates on COVID-19 in New York State. Posted on March 17, 2020.

Guidance on Social Distancing

Hand Hygiene Guidance

General Industry Guidance on COVID-19

  • Visit this page for a copy of the U.S. DOL guidance explaining paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Posted on March 31, 2020.
  • Employers are required to post these posters to inform employees of these benefits. A copy of the poster can be found here and a copy of the poster in Spanish can be found here. Posters must be displayed in a conspicuous place. If the workplace is closed, employers must still get them to staff and may email them to staff. Posted on March 31, 2020.
  • Visit this page to find CDC guidelines on Travel in the United States. Posted on March 31, 2020.
  • Quarantine of the Tri-State Region (NY, NJ, CT) does not apply to critical transportation and delivery workers moving goods, products and services related to the food industry into or out of New York State. Posted on March 30, 2020.
  • Post this sign at your main entrances, your break rooms, bathrooms, loading docks, etc. Posted on March 25, 2020.
  • Restaurants and other food service operations, that hold a valid State, County or City food service permit will be allowed, for a two-week period beginning March 20, 2020, to sell foods considered to be grocery items while the COVID19 restrictions are in place. See the Interim Guidance to Restaurants to Sell Grocery Items here. Posted on March 25, 2020.
  • See this message provided by NYS Commissioner Ball and this message provided by FDA Deputy Commissioner Frank Yiannas on concerns regarding the safety and supply of food. Posted on March 25, 2020.
  • Visit this page from New York State, Department of Health, and Agriculture and Markets to find information on interim guidance for cleaning and disinfection of food manufacturing facilities or food retail stores. Updated on March 25, 2020.
  • Visit this page from New York State, Department of Health, and Agriculture and Markets to find information on interim guidance for cleaning and disinfection of retail stores. Posted on March 25, 2020.
  • Visit this page from The Food Industry Association to find COVID-19 general resources for the food industry. Posted on March 24, 2020.
  • Visit this page from FDA-CFSAN to find a portal for questions related to food safety during the COVID-19 outbreak. Posted on March 20, 2020.
  • Visit this page from FDA to find information on circumstances under which FDA does not temporarily intend to enforce the requirement for an onsite audit. Posted on March 19, 2020.
  • Visit this page from FDA to find information on FDA’s Briefing for Foods Stakeholders on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Posted on March 19, 2020.
  • Visit this page from Institute for Food Safety at Cornell University to find frequently asked questions by the food industry related to COVID-19 and answers to those questions. Updated on March 19, 2020.
  • Visit this page from The Acheson Group to find advice for the food industry and outbreak updates. Posted on March 18, 2020.
  • Visit this page from FDA to find resources for industry members and consumers on COVID-19 and food safety. Posted on March 18, 2020.
  • Visit this page from FDA to find information on FDA’s intention to temporarily not enforce supplier verification onsite audit requirements for receiving facilities and importers under FSMA in response to the global pandemic of COVID-19. Posted on March 18, 2020.
  • Visit this page to find The President’s coronavirus guidelines for America. Posted on March 18, 2020
  • Visit this page from CDC to find interim guidance for businesses and employers. Posted on March 17, 2020.
  • Visit this page from The National Restaurant Association to find information on maintaining business continuity. Posted on March 17, 2020.
  • Visit this page from New York State, Liquor Authority to find information on restrictions on ‘to-go’ and delivery sales in response to COVID-19 outbreak. Posted on March 17, 2020.

No Evidence to Support Food Associated Transmission of COVID-19

  • Visit this page to find statement from CDC about food associated transmission of COVID-19. Posted on March 17, 2020.
  • Visit this page to find statement from FDA about food associated transmission of COVID-19. Posted on March 17, 2020.
  • Visit this page to find statement from European Food Safety Authority about food associated transmission of COVID-19. Posted on March 17, 2020.
  • Visit this page to find statement from German Institute of Risk Assessment about food associated transmission of COVID-19. Posted on March 17, 2020.
  • Visit this page to find statement from New Zealand Food Safety about food associated transmission of COVID-19. Posted on March 17, 2020.

Guidance on Drinking-water and Waste Mgmt. to Control COVID-19

  • Visit this page from World Health Organization to find information about water, sanitation, hygiene and waste management. Posted on March 17, 2020.
  • Visit this page from U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration to find information about measures for protecting workers from exposure. Posted on March 17, 2020.

Information on Disinfectants Active Against COVID-19

  • Use these instructions from Ecolab to verify that your chemicals are on the EPA-registered list of chemicals active against COVID-19. Posted on March 31, 2020.
  • Visit this page to find a scientific review on persistence of coronaviruses related to COVID-19 on inanimate surfaces and their inactivation with biocidal agents. Posted on March 20, 2020.
  • Visit this page from United States Environmental Protection Agency for information on disinfectants that can be used against coronavirus. Posted on March 17, 2020.
  • Visit this page from New York State, Department of Environmental Conservation, Bureau of Pesticides Management for information about approved chemicals. Posted on March 17, 2020.
  • Visit this page from New York State, Department of Environmental Conservation for the New York State registered disinfectants based on EPA list. Posted on March 17, 2020.

Advice for Food Industry to Minimize Personnel Risks Due to COVID-19

  • NEW! Visit this FAQ to find information on how to access the federal Paycheck Protection Program for your agricultural or food-related business. Posted on April 3, 2020.
  • NEW! Visit this page from FDA to find information on Flexibility Regarding Menu Labeling Requirements for Chain Restaurants and Similar Retail Food Establishments During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Posted on April 2, 2020.
  • Visit this page from FDA to find information on their Temporary Policy Regarding Nutrition Labeling of Certain Packaged Food During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. Posted on March 31, 2020.
  • Visit this page from The Business Council of New York State to find a good overview of recently passed NYS and Federal policies on employee benefits, sick, family and medical leave. Posted on March 26, 2020.
  • Visit this page from the United States Department of Labor for guidance on federal sick leave and family and medical leave policies during the COVID-19 outbreak. Posted on March 24, 2020.
  • Visit this page from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to find information on Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act in relation to COVID-19. Posted on March 23, 2020.
  • Visit this page from The Genesee County Economic Development Center to find information on how they can help with short-term and long-term economic needs during the COVID-19 health crisis. Posted on March 20, 2020.
  • Visit this page from U.S. Department of Homeland Security to find Memorandum on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During CoVID-19 Response. Posted on March 20, 2020.
  • Visit this page from New York State, Department of Health, and Agriculture and Markets to find information on interim guidance for cleaning and disinfection of food manufacturing facilities or food retail stores. Posted on March 17, 2020.
  • Visit this page from New York State, Department of Health, and Agriculture and Markets to find information on interim guidance for procedures when identifying an employee with concerns for COVID-19 exposures. Posted on March 17, 2020.

Guidelines on Protecting Employees

  • Visit this page for short informational videos about how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Spanish and Mam. Posted on March 25, 2020.
  • Visit this page from U.S. Department of Labor & U.S. Department of Health & Human Services for information on how to prepare workplaces and protect the employees. Posted on March 17, 2020.
  • Visit this page from U.S. Department of Labor, The Wage and Hour Division, to find common issues employers and employees face when responding to public health emergencies. Posted on March 17, 2020.

Guidelines on Maintaining a Functional and Safe Supply Chain

  • Visit this page from Harvard Business Review to find information on how to prepare your supply chain. Posted on March 17, 2020.

Work Permits for Essential Food and Agriculture Employees and Shipments

  • Use this form to request your employee be granted the right to proceed to work and the right to proceed home after work. Print the form on official company letterhead, insert employee name, insert your business name, print a copy, date and sign the document where indicated, and ask the employee to keep it on-hand to provide to authorities if needed. Posted on March 30, 2020.
  • Visit this page from IDFA to find a Self-Certification Form to self-certify your employees or shipments as part of the nation's critical infrastructure. Print the form on official company letterhead (your own or that of your transportation provider), print a copy, sign the document where indicated, and ask the employee or driver to keep it on-hand to provide to authorities if needed to carry out their duties. Posted on March 26, 2020.

Dairy-related Resources

Produce-related Resources

Meat-related Resources

Seafood-related Resources

  • NEW! Visit this page from NY State Department of Agriculture and Markets to find information on Interim Guidance for Temporary Seafood (Fish and Shellfish) Processing and Retail Sale. Posted on April 3, 2020.
  • Visit this page from The National Fisheries Institute to find information COVID-19 and safety of seafood. Posted on March 22, 2020.

Other


If you have specific questions around ingredients, cleaning/sanitation chemicals and procedures, personnel practices, or other food safety, supply, and distribution changes due to the impact of COVID-19, reach out to our experts:

Our team can also provide process authority services in case you need to change processes and/or formulations due to COVID-19 related challenges. For more information visit the Cornell Food Venture Center and for dairy-related process authority services contact Rob Ralyea (rdr10@cornell.edu).